In a seemingly sleepy town of Majayjay in Laguna, Philippines, a busy farm at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw never runs out of activities for sustainable livestock and crop production. Popularly known as the Costales Nature Farms, the farm also lets its visitors experience firsthand the activities in farming such as harvesting, feeding farm animals, transplanting, seed sowing, fishing, and...Read more
Sources: The Manila Times; Enjoy Travelling15 Dec 2017Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit, Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
An ASEAN Technical Meeting and Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Higher Agricultural Education, Research and Extension (ASEAN HAERE) for Food Security and Sustainability was jointly organized and sponsored by SEARCA, the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim of Germany, and the Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources (CUSAR) of Thailand. Held on...Read more
Source: Food Evolution13 Dec 2017Philippine-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said that farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.
SEARCA Director Gil Saguiguit said farm or agriculture tourism diversifies income for small farmers while promoting sustainable...Read more
Source: The Freeman11 Dec 2017CEBU, Philippines — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) sees promising opportunities for farm tourism in the Philippines.
This is the result of the newly released study conducted by SEARCA which emphasized farm tourism as the fastest emerging sub-sector of the broad tourism industry.
But even before...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017The first international conference on human ecology in Asia was held in the Philippines. It focused on global practices, initiatives and possibilities that contribute to shaping a more sustainable world. It was hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...Read more
Source: The Philippine Star10 Dec 2017MANILA, Philippines — Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017Farm tourism opens up a whole new perspective for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and provides hope for revitalizing the sector as a sunrise, if not a sunshine industry in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), gave...Read more
Research and Development Generating information, knowledge, lessons, and insights that will influence policies, investments, trade, and other actions that will promote competitive agriculture, as well as inclusive and sustainable ARD. Read More
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Groundbreaking workshop an important step towards a regional action plan on agrobiodiversity
Participants during the first day of the Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture for Sustainable Development and Food Security in SEA in Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, led by the ACB Executive Director, Atty. Roberto V. Oliva and Maejo University President, Dr. Chamnian Yosraj.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand. Raising awareness on the importance of agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity to sustainable development and food security is a basic concern that was raised in the recently concluded Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture for Sustainable Development and Food Security in Southeast Asia held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand on 12-14 September 2017.
ACB Executive Director Atty Roberto V. Oliva, giving his welcome remarks.This concern is highlighted by the absence of a clear and adequate articulation of agrobiodiversity in existing regional and national policy frameworks and programs that deal with agriculture or biodiversity despite its essential links to food systems and nutrition and its importance in enhancing local livelihoods. However, there are initiatives on the ground from which significant lessons can be learned, such as those on traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, the integration of agrobiodiversity into local development programs and related initiatives for building capacities of communities and governments, and the integration of conservation of plant genetic diversity with landscape-level planning and decentralized government programming, while others yet asserted the crucial link between gender, capacity-building, and the local knowledge systems and their relevance to sustainable development.
SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. delivering his closing remarks.These challenges and opportunities provide impetus for the development of a regional action plan on agrobiodiversity mainstreaming, conservation, and sustainable use. Strategic action points along the four elements of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) program of work, namely: assessments, adaptive management (tweaked to innovations and best practices for purposes of the workshop), capacity-building, and mainstreaming were identified and discussed by the participants. Their output, with fine-tuning, fleshing out, and further general processing, would serve as inputs to the regional action plan. There is yet much work to be done. However, this workshop is the important first step towards a strategic plan of action.
This Regional Workshop on Agrobiodiversity was a partnership among SEARCA, the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB), and Maejo University (MJU) whose strategic institutional foci are agriculture and rural development (for SEARCA and MJU) and biodiversity (for ACB). Both the SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., and ACB Executive Director, Atty. Roberto V. Oliva acknowledged the support of the European Union (EU) to the regional workshop through the EU-funded and ACB-implemented programme called Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP).
Dr. Percy E. Sajise, SEARCA Senior Fellow, delivers the Keynote Message at the Regional Workshop on Agrobiodiversity.
Dr. Wayne Nelles, the workshop Technical Coordinator, presenting the country status of agrobiodiversity in ASEAN as part of his background study and working paper for the regional workshop.
In his keynote paper, SEARCA Senior Fellow Dr. Percy E. Sajise stressed the importance of agrobiodiversity as a basic element of sustainable development. He emphasized the multi-functionality of agrobiodiversity, serving as link to productivity and resilience of ecosystems; buffer for climate change; and basic foundation for food security, human health and ecosystems services. Dr. Sajise discussed biodiversity as it relates to the ASEAN vision of sustainable development; the status and capacity of achieving ASEAN biodiversity and agrobiodiversity conservation and sustainable use targets; and opportunities and challenges in the conservation, sustainable use and mainstreaming of agrobiodiversity in the region. He offered recommendations to mainstream biodiversity in agriculture, some of which are as follows: documentation of good practices in deploying and managing agrobiodiversity in ASEAN; research on the “hidden values” of agrobiodiversity; sustained and properly valued agrobiodiversity services; Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, SEARCA's Program Head for Research and Development, presents token to the President of Maejo University Dr. Chamnian Yosraj. developing a regional agrobiodiversity database; networking of seedbanks at the community, national, and regional levels to better respond to disasters and climate change for food and nutrition security; recognition of outstanding biodiversity programs at all levels; upscaling of best practices; providing market incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity; and improving inter-pillar coordination in ASEAN in terms of complementarity for biodiversity and sustainable natural resource management.
Dr. Wayne Nelles, Visiting Scholar of Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources (CUSAR), served as the regional workshop Technical Coordinator. Around 70 representatives from the ministries of environment and of agriculture of the ASEAN Member States, selected universities across the region, research organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), and development partners participated in the workshop. (Carmen Nyhria G. Rogel)
Participants during the last day of the workshop led by the SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.